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Rhode Island Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Closure

November 13, 2017

Effective 0001 hours November 14, 2017, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in Rhode Island for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year.

The 2017 commercial summer flounder quota allocated to Rhode Island has been harvested. 

This closure is concurrent with the State of Rhode Island’s closure of its commercial summer flounder fishery to state permitted vessels and dealers.

Dealers issued Federal dealer permits for summer flounder may not purchase summer flounder from vessels that land in Rhode Island for the remainder of the calendar year.  

Vessel owners issued Federal permits must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks for all other species landed. Federally permitted dealers must also continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

For more information, read the notice as filed in the Federal Register and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Hanson, Regional Office, at 978-281-9180